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Upskill your workforce part 2: Creating a learning culture

23 June 2021

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Upskill your workforce part 2: Creating a learning culture

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Our previous blog looked at why upskilling should be a priority for all businesses, and explored the power of leveraging your quality management system. The right digital infrastructure of a QMS is a great starting place. But to embed a continuous learning culture, business leaders need to invest in their employees through training that motivates and inspires.

E-learning is the most effective and cost-efficient way to proactively address this, delivering training that is consistent, engaging and available in whichever location is most convenient for your workforce.   

Create a culture of learning

As individuals, we all learn in different ways and at different paces. A one-size-fits-all approach to training is often not the best approach. It is more effective to empower employees to take training into their own hands to encourage a variety of learning styles.

The right digital infrastructure of a QMS is a great starting place, but to embed a continuous culture of learning, business leaders need to invest in their employees through training that motivates and inspires.

Staff need to be motivated to seek out new skills and knowledge, to drive their self-development forward and constantly strive to learn new skills. This comes from creating a learning culture, by encouraging employees to understand the value of the learning available to them, and ensuring they have the time and opportunity to take their training. The messaging should not just be around the benefit to the organisation, but as the organisation’s investment in their future career.

This means providing insight into what upskilling opportunities are available to employees, both during onboarding and then frequently after as the program changes. The broader the range of opportunities available to employees, the more likely they are to take advantage of them, and the more likely the company is to retain talent.

The importance of e-learning

During the pandemic, many businesses have found that despite sacrificing travel, they can not only function but thrive by using remote training technologies. The nature of e-learning means it can be self-paced, scalable and accessible from any device. This approach consequently empowers higher employee performance.

Benefits include:

  • Enhancing individuals’ familiar skill sets
  • Empowering employees to control their own development
  • Developing a knowledge sharing culture that benefits employees
  • Strengthening collaboration between internal teams
  • Exposing employees to new knowledge

E-learning is typically more engaging than traditional face-to-face training, as employees are able to complete learning at their own pace, test themselves and make use of features such as videos and animations.

Choosing the right system for creating a learning culture

There are many e-learning systems out there, but there are some key points organisations should consider when looking to upskill employees:

  • Are the courses kept relevant and up to date?
  • Do the courses meet your training needs, and if not, is there an option to create your own?
  • Are the courses supported by a learning management system (LMS)?
  • How will the courses keep employees engaged?

Q-Pulse WorkRite

Employers who prioritise their workforce’s training and development give themselves the competitive edge. By creating a continuous culture of learning, you can help secure your employees’ commitment and motivation to improve productivity and retention rates.

Ideagen’s e-learning software, Q-Pulse WorkRite, offers a comprehensive and diverse library of courses designed to educate your staff on health and safety- and HR-related subjects. All courses are supported by our unique health and safety LMS that provides your H&S teams with comprehensive training, assessment and trend information.

The course authoring tool enables the editing of existing content and creation of new content to reflect internal learning requirements.

All courses are interactive and engaging, with animations and quizzes to foster learning that employees will want to continue.

Looking to embed a learning culture in your organisation? Explore our WorkRite courses.

 

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Ideagen's Sophie Willink
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Sophie Willink

As Ideagen’s Content Marketing Executive, Sophie produces informative content to provide customers with digestible insights into the world of quality, audit, risk and compliance.

With a background in psychology, Sophie is passionate about understanding human behaviour and the role technology can play in measuring, reporting and improving behaviours to create higher quality business environments.

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